Nov 28, 2012 2:30am PST
old, the same age a-rod is now, at the end of this proposed go extension. >>> and marvin miller who paved the way for free agency died yesterday after a battle with cancer. miller served as executive director of the major league players association for 16 years starting in 1966 and led a series of strikes and legal battles that ultimately resulted in winning free agency for players in 1975. when miller became the head of the player association, the minimum salary for player was $7,000. today the major league minimum is $480,000. despite leaving and indelible mark on the game, miller has not been voted into the baseball hall of fame yet. marvin miller passed away at his home in manmanhattan. ef he was 95. >>> coming up at the top of the hour, republicans stand firm at the opposition of susan rice. is this a fight republicans can win? we'll discuss with the morning joe team. and up next, holiday correspondent, lewis, standing by at the rockefeller plaza. he put the mirror down so he can give us a preview of the tree lighting ceremony and teeth whitening ideas. [ male announcer ] it's
Nov 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
watching. >>> one of the most influential figures in american sports has died. marvin miller never played major league baseball, but he changed the game nonetheless. when he took the job as leader of the major league players union in 66, the minimum salary back then was $6,000, and the owners had all the power. by 1982, when he retired, the union was one of the strongest in the u.s. the average player's salary was almost a quarter million dollars. the players had won free agency. he was by any standard a game changer. marvin miller was 95. >>> they often called him speedo, but his real name was mr. earl, earl "speedo" carroll has died. he was the lead singer of the cadillacs. as "the new york times" obituary put it, they were one of a cornucopia of street corner tight harmony groups formed by young black men in mid century harlem. put another way, they just made great music. songs like gloria and speedo. even though he was a famous singer, earl carroll took a job as a custodian at a new york city school. for close to 20 years, the kids at ps-87 knew him as the star of their school.
Nov 27, 2012 4:00pm PST
is big business and the man who has done more than anything else for that died today, marvin miller, the players' first union chief, and a-rod owes him. john avalon is outfront. and you've been looking into the legacy of marvin miller, and he's loved and hated figure. >> he's a very controversial figure, but he did more to transform the national pass time than anyone and never wore a uniform. here's how, he brought free agency to baseball. it's one of the great ironies that this union lawyer did more to advance individual competition and grow the game into a modern big business than anybody else. and erin, i love baseball. so i'm bias, but it's a game of statistics. check out this one statistic. when marvin miller came in as the players chief, the average salary was $7,000 a year, now the average salary is $3.4 million a year. that's market at work, that is directly marvin miller's innovation. free agency leaving all those contracts we saw. strikes, big tickets -- >> some of those contracts make me sort of nauseous. it's a free market, but still, a little nauseating at times. >> a little
Nov 27, 2012 8:00pm PST
. baseball is big business and the man who has done any more to make it that way is marvin miller, died today. he was the players' first union chief and a-rod owes him. john avalon, have you been looking into the legacy, loved and hated figure? >> he is a very controversial figure. he did more to transform the pass time and he didn't wear a uniform. free agency. he grew the game into modern big business. and i love baseball, so i'm biased. a game of statistic. when marvin miller came in as players union chief, average salary, $7,000. now it's $3.4 million. market at work. directly marvin miller's innovati innovation, free agency. some stuff people don't like. strikes. >> those contracts make me sort of nauseous. it's a free market, but nauseating. >> it's an amazing achievement. >> it is. blocked by owners from the hall of fame, even though this is the man who has late rally created modern baseball as you love it or loathe it right now. >> that's exactly right. great injustice. marvin miller denied entry to hall of fame. the owners still resent his intrusion into the game that he had co
Nov 28, 2012 3:00am PST
marvin miller. if you don't know the name, you ought to know the name. perhaps the most influential figure -- >> absolutely. >> baseball but also in the history of professional sports. mike barnicle will help explain why. sports is next. two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf. bp has paid over twenty-three billion dollars to help those affected and to cover cleanup costs. today, the beaches and gulf are open, and many areas are reporting their best tourism seasons in years. and bp's also committed to america. we support nearly 250,000 jobs and invest more here than anywhere else. we're working to fuel america for generations to come. our commitment has never been stronger. [ male announcer ] it's that time of year again. medicare open enrollment. time to compare plans and costs. you don't have to make changes. but it never hurts to see if you can find better coverage, save money, or both. and check out the preventive benefits you get after the health care law. ♪ open enrollment ends december 7th. so now's the time. visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-medicare.
Nov 28, 2012 4:00am PST
. >>> and the former leader of the major league baseball players association marvin miller has died at 95. he won free agency for players in 1975 creating the era of multi-million dollar contracts. one former commissioner called miller baseball's most important figure of the last 50 years. >>> well, just ahead, remorse on the set of "two and a half men." >>> plus, north korean dictator kim jong un celebrates his heartthrob status, well, at least in china. you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back to "early today." i'm here live at nbc's 30 rockefeller plaza. behind me you'll see what is the lit-up christmas tree. tonight it will be chilly, but a great show here live on nbc. ton west coast is where all the rain and trouble is. all the big stormy weather be affecting the west coast. especially from san francisco to san jose. sacramento northwards up the coastline of california. you'll be the target in the next 48 hours for the heaviest rain, possibility of up to six inches that could cause flooding concerns. the forecast today, eventually some of the clouds and rain will work towar
Nov 28, 2012 2:00am PST
former leader of the major league baseball players association, marvin miller, has died at age 95. he won free agency for players in 1975 that created the era of multimillion-dollar contracts. one former commissioner called miller baseball's most important figure of the last 50 years. >>> all right. let's head back out into the plaza for another look at your weather with bill karins. i'm pretty fast there with that hot chocolate, bill. in the commercial break, i was able to get you that plus like a steaming hot plate of pancakes. amazing. >> did you leave it somewhere? >> well, you must have missed it or maybe the cameraman ate it. >> i saw you drink it is what i saw. well, good morning once again. the west coast is where all the attention will be for the next couple days as far as bad travel weather, and they'll get drenched. it is the rainy season. but if you're traveling anywhere in california and oregon, you'll see a lot of wet weather and gusty winds. this is just the beginning of it with the rain showing up along the northwest coast. and you can see all the clouds and that storm sys
Nov 28, 2012 6:00am PST
will continue. >>> and now a moment to pay tribute to marvin miller, one of the most influential figures in the history of major league baseball. he died yesterday. miller never played professional baseball, but as executive director he changed it in no way anyone else has. he led the players to three strikes and two lockouts. he introduced collective bargaining. the average salary increased from $19,000 to nearly a quarter million. but his biggest achievement came from the issue of freedom, if you will. he won free agency for the players in 1975. end i ending a rule that bound players to the teams holding their contract. >> a lifetime of control is over. and when the dust clears and settles, i believe baseball as an industry and as a sport will be more successful than ever because of it. >> under miller's leadership, baseball's players association became a mod 0 l for the nfl, the nba, and the nhl. the director of the national hockey league players association famously served under and succeeded miller after he retired from baseball. in a statement released yesterday said this.
Nov 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
. the man who built the major league baseball players union into a force has died. marvin miller passed away this morning at his home in new york, after suffering liver cancer. miller led the players association for 16 years, including its first strikes and the legal battles that led to free agency for players. marvin miller was 95 years old. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to ray. >> suarez: and we turn to mexico. at the white house today, president obama greeted the man who will soon lead the united states' neighbor to the south. >> this is a longstanding tradition. >> suarez: as cameras flashed the newly re-elected u.s. president met this afternoon with the newly elected president of of mexico. nieto who takes office saturday. >> mexico has become not simply an important bilateral partner but is today a very important multilateral, multinational leader on a whole range of issues from energy to climate change and we look forward to working with mexico not only on regional issues but also on global issues. >> we also share a very important vision, a vision of creat
Nov 27, 2012 4:00pm PST
into the u.s. housing market. first, sad news from the world of sports, marvin miller, a man called one of the most influential people in baseball history died. you may not recognize the name because he never took the field as a pro ball player. but as the head of the major league baseball players association, miller ushered in the era of free agency and single handedly changed the game. he was born in the bronks, started his career as a labor economist. took the job as head of the players union back in '66 and over the years he revolutionized collective bargaining in sports. he certainly ruffled feathers along the way, particularly among baseball owners. but any player earning a big paycheck today has one man to thank, marvin miller, dead of liver cancer. he was 95. ory of relativity, the next... stop, stop, stop! my car! not so much. but that's okay. you're covered with great ideas like optional better car replacemen from liberty mutual insurance. total your car, and we give you the money to buy one a model year newer. learn about it at libertymutual.com. liberty mutual insurance.
Nov 29, 2012 7:00am PST
to fog them and keep them out. it really is ridiculous. it's ridiculous as marvin miller and curt flood not being in the hall of fame. that -- this is the greatest atrocity, i think, in the history of this voting for the baseball hall of fame, not just these two guys, but marvin miller and curt flood, beyond any reasonable doubt of decency belong. >> do you think there's a message at all that we send to our kids when we say, sure, they cheated, they used performance-enhancing drugs, and a lot of people knew about it and because there's lots of scoundrels in the past that we let in the hall of fame, we're going to continue that bad trend? >> i don't think it's a message. i think what we're saying is, number one, court of law, if you want to talk about messages, court of law, that's what we all believe in, the court let roger clemens off and they basically found all that barry bonds did was obstruct justice. now, if we want to teach our kids, listen, this is what the court says, you may not like it. this is what the court of law says. and number one, you also tell them, you know wha
Nov 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
. >> marvin miller, the founder of the mlb players association died tuesday of liver cancer. as the executive director from 1956 to 1983, he negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement. after hearing of miller's death. hall of famer reggie jackson took a four mile walk to clear his thoughts. miller wiz 95. >>> tuesday oakland players proved they have the biggest hearts. they donated over $34,000 to charities of their choice. and broin wilson is set to become a free agent on friday. they do a minimum of $6.8 million if he stays with the team next season. the giants are hinted they won't give him a contract. >> and mls coach of the year honors. he has won the award just once before in his ten year coaching career. cheerleader turned soldier. this cheerleader knocked out 49 backflips in a row for the world record on saturday. although she's still waiting for the official recognition from guenness she says she could have done 50 but ran out of room. and raj and jessica, i didn't get to talk to her, but i'm going to speak for her and assume that she's dizzy. >> wow. that was imp
Nov 28, 2012 3:00am PST
playing field. marvin miller was the head of the player's union in the '60s '70s and '80s. he introduced free agency into the game and made players into multi-millionaires, ensuring they got their fair share for their work for the owner. when he started in the union players were earning about $6,000 a season. baseball's revenue was $50 million a year. today revenue is $7.5 billion a year. marvin miller was 95. >> bill: tell me if i'm wrong but players -- most players are making a little bit more than $6,000. >> a little bit. >> they make that a pitch. >> bill: hey how about it. boy, let's talk about this. i love this story. so the lead story on the front page of "the washington post" today, right here on the top right-hand side, obama launches p.r. effort on cliff the fiscal cliff, of course. putting pressure on congress, president will talk to small business owners. so here's what's going on. right. with this fiscal cliff looming the president has laid out -- very, very clear what he's talking about, what he wants to see. it is a $4 billion package of cuts to the deficit a co
Nov 29, 2012 5:00pm EST
national. go like a pro. >>> tonight on cnbc's "sports biz" marvin miller invented baseball free agency which changed sports business forever. nhl players association director talks about how miller's experience factors into today's negotiations. tune in tonight. >>> final trade time. tim. >> ewz short. >> guy. >>
Nov 27, 2012 5:00pm PST
warrior fans are tied for first. he made baseball players bridge his name as marvin miller. he created free agency and for those tried and true traditionalist he is the guy who allowed players to go from team to team. the ball players all swear by him. he made it a multi multimillion dollar industry for the players. he was 95 years of age when he passed this morning at his home in manhattan. he was diagnosed with liver cancer and august. southern mississippi has fired coach alice johnson after one when this season. the golden eagles won 12 and 2. they said we will bring in johnson and there were zero and 12 this year. for his when this season he gets a $2.1 billion buyout.his parting gift is $2 million. the toronto argonauts won the cup the canadian football league championship. there is the city of toronto. the first parade since the argonauts won the cup in 2004. they beat calgary 35 to 22. ysabel duran tomorrow? i have not been watching. >> yes it is. >> and my segment i don't need jack when jacqueline jackson. i stand behind him all the time. we'll be back in a moment. look at you